Learn Table Tennis Counter Topspin Loop.


This shot is used to play an aggressive counter
attack when the opponent plays the first topspin of the rally to you. Your body position will vary depending on
the height and spin of your opponent’s shot. The most common position for counter topspinning
is to get as low as possible as you’ll usually be wanting to come down and over the
ball. Make sure that your finishing position allows
you to quickly get back into position to play your next shot. The angle of your racket for this shot will
vary depending on how your opponent has hit the ball. The most topspin the ball has, the more you’ll
need to close your racket face. The less topspin the ball has, the more you’ll
open your racket face. As the counter topspin is played when the
opponent has played a topspin, you’ll almost always be playing with a somewhat closed racket
face. The length of your shot should vary depending
on quickly the ball is coming towards you. The slower the ball, the longer your shot
can afford to be. The faster the ball, the shorter and faster
your shot will have to be. The
higher the ball, the more you’ll have to play
over and downwards during your shot. The lower the ball, the more upwards you’ll
have to play your shot. As you can hear, there are many variables
that all effect how the counter spin needs to be played. We can use this to our own advantage being
able to vary the height, spin and placement of our own attacks becomes a fantastic asset
to have. There is one situation that is especially
tricky to deal with. Counter topspinning a falling ball. The longer you let it drop, the more difficult
it will become. Video TE10 Handling a Falling Ball goes into
more detail about this situation. Sometimes it’s more effective to use a fast
contact on the ball, sometimes a slow contact, sometimes a thick contact, sometimes a thin
contact. Most of our videos encourage you to use a
fast contact on the ball by getting your racket moving as quickly as possible. This isn’t always the best option when dealing
with heavy spin however and we’re going to show you an example of this with the counter
topspin. You’re more likely to be able to hit through
the opponent’s using a fast thick contact. But you’re more likely to use a slow thin
contact if you want to curl the ball outwards on your shot. I’m playing both these shots which are very
similar against Robert’s identical topspins, but using very different contacts on the ball. The principals we went through at the start
of the video still hold true, however you’ll discover new possibilities the more skilled
you become with your timing, contact thickness and racket speed.

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